They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I think it's also a really good teacher.
To study Eric Carle's contributions to art, I had the girls copy the method he uses to illustrate the popular children's books we love.
First Mr. Carle creates unique art pages using multiple colors and movement.
Then, when the art pieces are dry, he cuts the designs from those art pieces and glues them onto a new piece of paper.
The fact that he uses irregular shapes and imperfect lines made this a fun project for kids. The pieces don't need to be perfect to create an uplifting piece of art.
And it wasn't messy at all- ha!
When I am feeling less ambitious, we also enjoy studying art by purchasing black line drawings, then seeking to match the artists colors as closely as we can to the original paintings. I love this type of exercise because it helps us to experience the paintings and the color choices made by artists I love.